Derry’s SOAK signs record deal

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Derry singer songwriter SOAK confirmed to fans on Friday that she’s now signed with one of the world’s biggest record labels.

The local teenage music sensation who recently stunned audiences with her performance at Derry’s Other Voices made the announcement to fans via Facebook and Twitter, describing the signing as one of the biggest developments in her career to date.

The singer, whose real name is Bridie Mons Watson, said: “I recently made the biggest decision in my career. After many months of label talk and contracts I have finally signed a publishing deal with UNIVERSAL! I am really excited to work with universal and continue my career, this is awesome, spread the word! Thank you for your on going support!”

The Prehen teenager joins an impressive list of some of the world’s highest ranking artists at the prestigious label including, Snow Patrol, Elton John and Elvis Costello.

Described in the press as a “teenage musical prodigy” the 16-year-old former Oakgrove College pupil has caught the attention of BBC Radio One. She also enjoyed an appearance on RTE’s Late Late show recently. In a glowing review in the Guardian the singer’s music was described as:

“A vivid portrait of teenage deep-thinking: intricate, ambiguous psychodramas chewed over in her distinctive Derry accent, a bit like a young Paul Brady if he were singing Joni Mitchell or reading aloud the diary of Anne Frank - songs are generous and outward.”

SOAK recorded her first EP, ‘Trains’, in her own bedroom in Prehen and in a recent interview with the Sunday Journal said:

“I regard myself as very lucky. So much has happened over the last year or so. I try not to think about it too much - I like to let my music speak for itself.I don’t look at this as my job. It’s something that I will always enjoy doing and I find it easy to express myself through music and lyrics.“